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All On One Weekend: Public is Invited to—Livingston’s Arbor Day Celebration, Free Seedlings Pick Up and an Environmentally-Friendly Drug Disposal Session

The Alternative Press Staff

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • 2:29am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Three “green” events will be taking place in Livingston from April 25-26. They include: Livingston’s Arbor Day Celebration, a Free Seedlings pick-up, and an Environmentally- Friendly Drug Disposal session.

Livingston’s Arbor Day Celebration: First, residents are invited to help celebrate the Township’s green status on Arbor Day by coming to the Gazebo on the Memorial Oval on Friday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m., where Livingston will celebrate Arbor Day by planting a Kwanzan cherry tree. 

Then, on Saturday, April 26, residents are invited to attend two more special events—they will take place at the rear entrance of the Livingston Municipal Complex, at 357 S. Livingston Avenue.

NJ Tree Recovery Campaign Free Seedlings for Residents Program:  Residents who have pre-registered may pick up their free seedlings between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Up to five seedlings per household are available on a first-registered, first-served basis. Available seedlings are: Silky Dogwood, White Dogwood, Northern Red Oak, Black Gum, Willow Oak, and Douglas Fir tubelings. Residents can pre-register their preferences by April 25 with Renee Resky at 973-992-5000 ext. #5405 or rresky@livingstonnj.org

Operation Take Back:  Residents with old, unwanted or unused prescription or over-the-counter drugs may bring them to Police Headquarters between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Police will take those drugs and dispose of the properly. This provides a safe, environmentally- friendly way to dispose of medications that might otherwise be tossed into the garbage or flushed down the toilet, both of which are potential safety and health hazards.

According to a township official, “Arbor Day is a good time to remember the Township’s dedication and efforts to expand and enhance our greenery. Livingston has been certified as a Tree City USA for five years and continues to investigate different ways to operate in an environmentally friendly manner.

“There are four standards that a town or city must meet in order to become a Tree City USA community,”said Mayor Michael Rieber. “Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.”

Arbor Day, however, is not the only time the Township plants trees. “In addition to our annual Arbor Day planting, we have other tree-planting occasions,” said Mike Anello, Superintendent of the Department of Public Works. “Sometimes, residents want to plant a tree as a gift to the town or in someone’s honor. Putting them near the Gazebo is the perfect spot—it’s on the Oval, near several of our Memorials and behind the Force home.  They add color to the area and create a nice environment for our residents to enjoy.”

“Arbor Day is April 25th,” proclaimed the Mayor. “And we invite all Livingston residents to join us at the Gazebo at 10:30 a.m. for the tree planting ceremony. Then, we encourage residents to join us at Town Hall on Saturday, April 26th to dispose of unwanted medicines safely and to pick up the free tree seedlings they’re registered to receive.”

For more information about Tree City USA go to www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA. For more information about Arbor Day Foundation programs and its mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, go to www.arborday.org. For more information on the Township’s eco-friendly initiatives visit www.livingstonnj.org.

For information about the NJ Tree Recovery Campaign and the Free Tree Seedlings offer, visit the Township’s website at www.livingstonnj.org, or contact Renee Resky at 973-992-5000 ext. #5405 or rresky@livingstonnj.org. Please remember to register in advance, by April 25th, and with preferences for each of the five tree seedlings desired.

For information about Operation Take Back and Livingston Police Community Initiatives call 973-992-3000 ext. #3600 or visit the Township website at www.livingstonnj.org and select “Police” under the Departments heading.

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